Festivals aplenty taking place this week, and one announces its return

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Here’s what’s happening in Kingston’s entertainment scene from Saturday, June 11, to Friday, June 17.

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The lineup for the 25th edition of the Limestone City Blues Festival was revealed Friday, and it offers a full slate of performances and venues just like it did back in 2019.

The festival opens Thursday, Aug. 25, with Dione Taylor, who brings her “Prairie blues” to Confederation Park at 8 pm

Friday night, up on the main stage in the city’s “Hub” district at Princess and Barrie streets, it’ll be blues guitarist JW Jones at 7 pm, followed by Crystal Shawanda at 8.

Of course, the big finale is always held in Market Square, and this year is no different. The show starts with the Jerome Tucker Band at 7 pm, followed by HoRoJo Trio (JW Jones is the “Jo” in that trio) at 8 and, finally, Albert Cummings at 9:30 pm

Friday’s announcement didn’t specify which local venues will be taking part in this year’s festival or who will be playing at them, but that announcement will be coming soon, organizer Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Area promised.

Wristbands for the festival are $20 in advance, or $25 at the gate, and will be available online starting at 10 am on July 1, Canada Day.

If you want to get in the blues mood before then, Halifax’s Charlie A’Court plays a “get to know me” show on Thursday evening at the RCHA Club. Presented by the Kingston Blues Society, tickets for the show are $10.

While that festival won’t happen for another couple of months, the YGK Craft Beer Fest takes place Saturday on Fort Henry Hill.

And where there’s a festival, there’s usually music, and there’s an afternoon of it on tap Saturday.

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The music kicks off at noon with Kingston’s Julia Finnegan, followed by Reckless & Banded (1:15), Isobel (2:30), the Backsteps (3:45), Augusta (5), and, finally, the Wilderness (6 :30).

Admission is $20, and in addition to more than 20 craft breweries (you have to buy tickets to sample their wares), there will be food trucks and artisans, too.

This year’s Pride Festival, meanwhile, kicked off Friday and there are plenty of events coming up this week, two of them at Market Square.

On Saturday, the Kingston Frontenac Public Library is collaborating with Kingston Pride to present Drag Queen Storytime from 2 to 3 pm Drag queens will showcase books promoting the messages of diversity and inclusion and acceptance, a library news release reads, and there will be songs, books and, of course, fun.

And the Downtown Kingston’s “Movies in the Square” kicks off Thursday with the Elton John biopic “Rocketman.” It starts at dusk in Market Square, and it’s recommended you bring a foldable chair along with you.

While festivals are ongoing or upcoming (the Skeleton Park Arts Festival also starts this week), one is concluding this weekend.

The Festival of Live Digital Art, aka FOLDA, concludes Saturday with a concert by the Halluci Nation at the Isabel Bader Center for the Performing Arts. The duo — Tim “2oolman” Hill and Ehren “Bear Witness” Thomas — were nominated for electronic recording of the year at the 2022 Juno Awards for their album “One More Saturday Night.”

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Tickets for the 8 pm show are $29 in advance, $40 at the door.

While there are plenty of festivals, there are also some interesting concerts this week.

It starts Saturday night with a performance by cover band extraordinaire Dwayne Gretzky at MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company’s grandstand in Bath. Concert-goers are encouraged to get decked out in their best 1990s outfits for the show because, unsurprisingly, one of the sets will feature hits from that decade. Tickets for the show are $40, and details about transportation to and from the show can be found through www.mackinnonbrewing.com.

And punk legends DOA are touring their “Hardcore ’81” record and its stops at the Mansion Thursday night. Tickets are $20 and the doors open at 8.



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